Edie: An American Biography
When Edie was first published, it quickly became an international best-seller and then took its place among the classic books about the 1960s. Edie Sedgwick exploded into the public eye like a comet. She seemed to have it all: she was aristocratic and glamorous, vivacious and young, Andy Warhol’s superstar. But within a few years she flared out as quickly as she had appear...more
This is the type of book that, when I see a copy on the shelf of a second-hand book store, I buy it, so that I can give it to someone.
I don't even have to have someone in mind at the time. I can work that out later.
The point is that a book this good has to find a home on the shelf of someone who loves life, people and writing (well, interviewing) at its best.
This was my first experience of a biography assembled from direct quotes from hundreds of interviews, without any bridging tex...more
Mostly this book was interesting in a voyeuristic manner. I felt a similar sense of looking into the lives of a certain sort of elite when reading about John Cheever's life. Thi...more
Around that same time my friends and I stood in line for hours to meet Andy Warhol and get his autograph- I didn't think about it as a faux pas at the time, I was still a teenager after all, but I took this book and a few xeroxes of him and Edie that I had colored in crayon!!!! Horror...more
The almost cartoonish biopic of the famed sixt...more
Most people probably have some...more
Organized as a collection of interviews, the chapters book-ending her days in NYC are equally, if not more fascinating. In its early chapters, Edie's surviving...more
The book jacket describes the Pop Art scene of the 60s as "All glitter and flash on the outside, it was hollow and desperate within—lik...more
I've seen Cat Marnell, drug-loving writer fo...more
While there, there was an exhibit all about Edie. I was mesmerized. Truly. What a fun-loving gal. I purchased this book there. I've yet to read it. :(
It was June 2001 when I traveled to Pittsburgh then to Cleveland and back to the steel town. My purpose wa...more
After reading Patti Smith’s Just Kids, I was inspired to pick up Stein’s biography of Edie Sedgwick. I tend to let one reading choice inspire another. For example, once I read the biography of the Mitford sisters, I immediately picked up Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, whose relationship with the sisters had been discussed. Smith, in her memoir, mentioned her teenage interest in Sedgwick, which prompted me to remember I had her biography sitting on t...more
Giovane ereditiera, con una famiglia aristocratica alle spalle e soprattutto una figura paterna oppressiva e soffocante che la tormenterà fino all'ultimo dei suoi giorni.
Approda a New York e diviene una delle più note muse e superstar di Andy Warhol, incarnazione vivente del suo nuovo concetto di pop art.
Andy ed Edie sono inseparabili, vengono costantemente fotografati insieme, arrivano persino a vestirsi e petti...more
Coming from the most dysfunctional family ever written about, Edie shot to stardom through her association with Andy Warhol. He made her famous, but she created herself. She lived hard with sex, alcohol and drugs and it makes me wonder what she could have become after she married and found some sense of "normal" in life.
This is a fascinating look at the '60s, Edie's life...more
i do wish that they had incorporated more direct material from sedgwick, more quotes and/or interviews. for example, friends and family often talked about her intelligenc...more
I first read this book when I was still in high school, and it was a real eye opener for me to learn that a ruling class WASP family could be just as dysfunctional and messed up as the backwoods white trash families I was more familiar with. Fascinating, but still repulsive in a nicer, cleaner, more educated way.
It is just as much a book about an era as it is a book...more
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